It is my strong belief that in order to effectively progress forward in time, you must fully understand the path you have traveled thus far. This philosophy has been my guiding star as I research the history of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance.
The goal of this research is to document and analyze the evolution of dance at Western Michigan University. Much of the analysis will consist of tracing dance lineages through faculty and guest artists to understand stylistic choices in training university students. In addition, external factors, such as socio-political climates and trends within the dance industry, will be analyzed. My goal is to really understand why the department developed the way it did, which requires an understanding of university conditions, socio-political climates, and circumstances in the professional dance industry.